Dinosaurs on the Cornhill boosts footfall in Ipswich Town Centre

Published10th March 2023

Ipswich Town Centre saw a boost in visitors over February half-term week thanks to a prehistoric themed event organised by Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council.

The free to enjoy two-day event run by Odin Events saw animatronic dinosaurs take over the Cornhill on 14 and 15 February.

A dino dig allowed up to 60 children to excavate T-rex and Sabretooth skeletons as wells as animatronic baby dinosaurs and raptors engaging with members of the public, bringing nearly 5,000 additional visitors into the town centre (compared to the same period in 2022).

Around 1,500 children enjoyed the dino dig and in half-term 2023. In 2022, 20,418 people visited Ipswich Town Centre compared to 25,288 this year.

Councillor David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council and portfolio holder for Economic Development and Property, says:

“As a Council we are continuing to invest in activities that bring more people into the town centre. Free events like this are a perfect example of the things we can continue to do, working with Ipswich Central, encouraging visitors to enjoy Ipswich.”

To find out about other events coming to Ipswich, including the first Ipswich Weekender of 2023 happening this weekend from the (10-12 March), visit: www.ipswichentertains.co.uk/ipswich-weekender

Image credit - Ipswich Borough Council